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Book Giveaway: Have Milk, Will Travel


In June and July, we're featuring the work of our Literary Mama editors. This week, Profiles Editor Rachel Epp Buller is giving away one copy of Have Milk, Will Travel: Adventures in Breastfeeding.


Deadline to enter: June 25


Profiles Editor Rachel Epp Buller is the editor of Have Milk, Will Travel: Adventures in Breastfeeding. The anthology that reveals the lighter side of nursing and throws a lifeline to mothers in the thick of lactation. She writes:

This book had been in the back of my mind for a long time, ever since nursing three children. The physical experience felt transformative for me, and yet I saw (and continue to see) how the lactating body is such a controversial one in American culture. States now have to pass laws protecting a woman's right to breastfeed in public space - and still, we read on a weekly basis about instances of discrimination against breastfeeding mothers. Also, what I found again and again in talking with friends and in reading the submissions that came in, breastfeeding can be HARD. So many moms overcome huge obstacles to nurse their babies - through poor latches, infections, low supply, too much supply, pumping at work, etc.; and, so many moms experience huge amounts of guilt for the problems they face.

So my intentions for this book came from multiple places: to provide a lifeline of support to moms in the thick of the early childhood nursing months/years, to reinforce that there are many breastfeeding experiences; and, to offer humor as a way to defuse the potential controversies that surround breastfeeding in our society. The linoleum cut print on the cover is one that I made when my youngest was still nursing.

To enter the drawing, leave a comment below or send an email to lmblogcontact (at) literarymama (dot) com. Deadline to enter: June 25


In addition to serving as one of our profiles editors, Rachel is an Assistant Professor of Visual Arts and Design at Bethel College in Kansas.  Before that, she was employed by the Spencer Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Akademie der Kuenste in Berlin. She is a regional coordinator for The Feminist Art Project and regularly curates exhibitions, particularly on themes of gender and mothering.



The Literary Mama Blog Editor searches for mama-centric news you can use — including information about publishing opportunities and literacy efforts; essays and writing prompts that motivate and inspire; and announcements about events, classes, and workshops. The current blog editor is Rudri Patel; read her bio here.

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Sounds like a wonderful book for moms of newborns to have! 'Breastfeeding' almost sounds like a politicized word nowadays and to take the misconceptions and stigmas away by discussing it in a humorous, relatable book is a great idea.
As a nursing working mom this strikes me as a must read.
I've been planning to get this at the library but I'd love to have it to read and share!
As a first time mom who is part of a mommy-group with other new moms, I know we will certainly appreciate stories of other breastfeeding moms' triumphs and challenges.
Story exchanges are a rich and meaningful way to normalize and share the joys and trials of breastfeeding. Such a book will enrich the lives of many new and seasoned breastfeeding moms.
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